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ServicesResearch Studies

We have over 40 years of experience studying programs, organizations, policies, and initiatives for a diverse set of social service clients. Our research studies focus on P-12 education, youth development, children and families, college access and success, arts education and engagement, and school integration and educational equity, among other areas.

Metis research client, NeON Arts, holds a Fame Airbrush workshop for participating youth. Photo Credit: Fadi Kheir.

Our approach to social science research is collaborative, adaptive, and flexible. We have a national reputation for our use of participatory methods that involve program stakeholders in all facets of a research study. Our research process features:

Reviewing the Literature: Since a well-designed research study emanates from and builds upon prior knowledge, we conduct a thorough review and synthesis of related research literature.

Designing the Study: We determine the most appropriate research design from our expert toolbox:

  • Action research
  • Descriptive
  • Cohort
  • Longitudinal
  • Quasi-Experimental
  • Case study
  • Mixed-Method
  • Cross-sectional
  • Experimental

Shaping the Sampling Design: When it’s not possible to collect data for all participants, we collaborate with our clients to develop a plan for obtaining a representative and adequate sample.

Administering Data Collection Tools: We are experts in collecting both primary and secondary data and in using qualitative and quantitative strategies. For example, we often use focus groups, interviews, surveys, standardized or published assessments, and administrative datasets.

Analyzing Data: We analyze, triangulate, and synthesize data from different sources to verify the study results.

Reporting and Sharing Results. We create user-friendly and easy-to-understand written summaries or reports of findings that call attention to essential results, lessons learned, and possible next steps. We also conduct interactive activities such as data walks or community conversations to engage stakeholders in using research findings.

Let Metis Associates Help with Your Next Research Study.

For additional information about Metis’s research services, please contact Michael Scuello.

Research Studies Case Studies

Connecting Arts Education with Attendance in New York City

In ground-breaking research, Metis helps the nation’s largest school system test the relationships between access to high-quality arts experiences and school attendance.

A Single Stop Supports Philadelphia’s First–Time College–Goers

Metis studied the effectiveness of a national model that calls for the co-location of support services for high-risk, first-generation college students. Implemented by the Community College of Philadelphia, the study yielded consistent findings of higher grades, credit accumulation, and overall college persistence.

What Our Clients Say

Working with the Metis team was an absolute pleasure. Their personal touch, dedication, and commitment to conduct a thorough and well thought out study helped establish a sense of trust that made everyone comfortable. Our collaboration to research the impact of Single Stop at Community College of Philadelphia is one of the highlights of my career!

Paul Umaña, Former Director, Single Stop and Student Care Network

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